HISTORY DOESN’T COME ALIVE, UNTIL IT BECOMES PERSONAL. It’s a funny thing - when you’re craning your neck to see the top of the Battleship IOWA, admiring the intricate details of the Korean Friendship Bell or exploring Civil War-era military customs at the Drum Barracks in Wilmington - suddenly, history becomes larger than life and you see how it fits into your life. Visit the LA Waterfront not just to see history, but to make some history of your own.
Point Fermin Lighthouse
POINT FERMIN LIGHTHOUSE
Built in 1874, this coastal landmark was the first navigational beacon leading mariners into the LA Harbor. It was in operation up until WWII when it was used as a U.S. Navy lookout tower. The Lighthouse is a must-see for coastal explorers.
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Ft. MacArthur Military Museum
FORT MACARTHUR MUSEUM
Los Angeles played a vital military role during both World Wars, the Korean War, and the Cold War. This well-preserved landmark invites visitors to walk back through the halls of time and learn about the Fort’s role in both military and LA history.
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LA Maritime Museum
LOS ANGELES MARITIME MUSEUM
Explore Southern California's nautical heritage tracing the growth of the Los Angeles Harbor from a tidal mudflat to one of the world's busiest seaports. The museum houses over 200 ship and boat models and a variety of other maritime treasures.
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Battleship IOWA
BATTLESHIP IOWA
For nearly half a century, Battleship IOWA ruled the Pacific theater. Nicknamed “The Grey Ghost” in the Korean War, this storied ship was once considered the most lethal military surface vessel and is a testament to American engineering.
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Korean Bell
KOREAN BELL OF FRIENDSHIP & BELL PAVILION
With a sweeping ocean backdrop, this intricately carved pavillion was patterned after the Bell of King Songdok, 771 A.D. and was presented to the people of Los Angeles from the Republic of Korean in 1976 as a symbol of enduring friendship.
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Drum Barracks
DRUM BARRACKS CIVIL WAR MUSEUM
Once housing as many as 7,000 soldiers, the Drum Barracks is the last remaining original American Civil War-era military facility in the LA area, acting as a time capsule, bringing the era’s military traditions, technology, and history to life.
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